Wow. I can’t believe I completely overlooked this gem of a series in my Summer TV Preview post from a few weeks back. I binge watched all of the episodes of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black over the first weekend it was released and now I’m on my second viewing of the season. Don’t worry, this review is spoiler-free! (I’m trying to get my family and friends on the bandwagon while I’m at it!) It’s definitely the best comedy series I’ve indulged in since 30 Rock ended earlier this year. I love the writing of OITNB and the cast delivers the dialogue so effortlessly, with the utmost wit and character. Also, on the cast, I’ve never seen such a great depiction of diversity, even for behind the walls of a federal prison. Each inmate has a great story behind them, including how they ended up behind bars. So far the response to the series has been mostly positive and already there is critical acclaim for the series in future award seasons (as this series wasn’t released in time for many of the 2013 television awards, including the Emmys). I highly recommend this series, it is so worth the $7.99 monthly subscription fee for Netflix!
A little bit more about the show – Orange is the New Black is a dark comedy series exclusively available to stream on Netflix. Released on July 11 of this year, it’s based off of Piper Kerman’s book of the same name and comes from Jenji Kohan, the same executive producer from Showtime’s Weeds. The show follows Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling aka the love interest of Zac Efron in The Lucky One) as she’s sentenced to serve 15-months in a federal prison in upstate New York for criminal conspiracy after being named by her drug runner ex-girlfriend Alex Vause (Laura Prepon) at trial. The series provides insight into what life is like for Piper inside the prison and how she survives her incarceration as she’s stripped of all her rights. There are 13 episodes available to stream on Netflix and a week before it premiered it was renewed for a second season, due in 2014.
So who else has watched this new show, and what do you all think about it? Let me know in the comments below!